Electric Ireland Higher Standing Charges for Low Usage

Just a reminder that  Electric Ireland  have higher electricity standing charges for  Low Usage Customers .

It is 8.63 cents per day more that the normal standing charge.

This equates to approximately € 5.25 (inc. VAT)  extra per two monthly billing period. Or  €31.50 a year.
The higher charge is only applicable to customers who use on average 2 kWh or less of electricity per day, equivalent to 122 kWh  over 2 months.

The Low Usage Standing Charge does not apply to customers in receipt of a Free Electricity Allowance or  customers on Household Budget Plan and Pay As You Go meters

This higher charge is aimed mainly at vacant properties –

The charge has been in place for over 7 years now – and Electric Ireland  say it is to enable them to recover the costs associated with providing electricity to customers with very low consumption. These costs include a combination of the fixed charges associated with meter reading, network maintenance and a share of the supply costs incurred in servicing electricity accounts.

Other electricity providers don’t have a low usage charge.
But – the strange thing is that low usage households would be better off switching to Electric Ireland for a year because theyoffer new customers €150 cashback.  You can switch to Electric Ireland here

More here on the Cheapest Electiricy Providers

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  1. Here is a copy of a letter I sent to Minister for Energy
    Mr Pat Rabbitte

    Dear Pat,

    Are you not allowed to ask the Energy Regulator why Energy Suppliers are hell bent on making energy prices as complicated as possible?

    Please just ask him why

    At least Ofgem in the UK can see what we customers can see – but in Ireland customers don’t count (see below)

    Ofgem’s response

    Ofgem’s role is to ensure that the energy retail market is competitive. In March this year our investigation found that competition is being stifled by a combination of tariff complexity, poor supplier behaviour and a lack of transparency.

    This is why we are proposing a package of radical reforms to make it easier for customers to pick out cheaper deals and switch. This includes paring down the number of standard tariffs suppliers can offer to just one for each of the three payment types (direct debit, pre-payment and standard credit where customers pay by cash or card).

    For these standard tariffs all other complications like different tier prices and complex discount structures will be removed. So the lower the price the smaller the bill, with no exceptions. More information on our proposals for simplified tariffs is available here: http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/Media/FactSheets/Documents1/Simpler%20energy%20tariffs%20107.pdf

    Why is that energy suppliers can fool Energy Regulators and Government Ministers?

    Yours sincerely

    Jimmy Gollogly

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